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The Swiss mechanical, electrical and metal industries are innovative and efficient – and 80 percent of sales are generated by exports. Major growth opportunities on the world market are not only available to large corporations. Even small and medium-sized companies can successfully enter new geographic markets - provided they know how... and where.

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Beck Automation AG: trade fairs as the key to sales success

Beck Automation AG, headquartered in Zurich’s Limmattal, develops innovative automation solutions for the plastics processing industry. The family-owned company from Oberengstringen is one of the world’s leading providers in the field of in-mold labeling. One way that Beck Automation AG maintains contact with international customers is by regularly participating in trade fairs.


Eugen Seitz AG: Full Steam Ahead Towards Korea

Eugen Seitz AG is a family-owned company specializing in valve technology with a total of 120 employees. The high-tech components from Wetzikon are used in six industrial sectors worldwide. As a world market leader, Seitz supports its customers in reducing their environmental impact during the production of PET bottles. Seitz’ valves, which make hydrogen filling stations safer and more efficient, place them at the cutting-edge of areas of sustainability. In order to gain a foothold in Korea, Seitz and Switzerland Global Enterprise successfully searched for distribution partners for their hydrogen filling station applications.


Helbling Technik puts Swiss quality standards first in Poland

The Helbling Group supports companies with product innovation and development. It also advises companies on the development of strategies, innovations, M&A, and potential for cost savings. Its focuses are the sectors of household appliances, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, apparatus and laboratory equipment, transportation, machinery, and plant construction. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, with subsidiaries in Germany, Poland, the US, and China, and employs more than 600 people. Dr. Urban Schnell, Managing Director at Helbling Technik and Partner of the Helbling Group, talks about his experiences with internationalization in Poland.


Timeless watches in the Land of the Rising Sun

For 43 years, ANDERSEN Genève has been offering exceptional watches to an international clientele. Each year, around 50 watches are custom made in Switzerland in its workshops in Geneva and La Chaux-de-Fonds, where know-how, excellence and creativity are perpetuated. Pierre-Alexandre Aeschlimann, President and CEO of the company, travels the world, including Japan, to make the connection between “his” watches and the enthusiasts who wear them.


Früh Verpackungstechnik AG: successful expansion to the US

Früh Verpackungstechnik AG in Fehraltorf in the canton of Zurich has been solving the most demanding packaging issues for more than 40 years. In order to better serve important customers in the medical technology sector, the company is currently setting up a second production facility in the US state of Pennsylvania. S-GE and Swiss Business Hub USA assisted Früh Verpackungstechnik AG in its search for the optimal location and a suitable building.


Müller Group: “Our joint venture in India is strengthening our presence in Asia.”

The Müller Group from Münchenstein (BL) has successfully set up a joint venture in India. By taking this strategic decision, the manufacturer of industrial packaging as well as handling and processing solutions is responding to the new needs of its customers.


Buss AG: New beginning in Poland

Buss AG Pratteln’s core competence is mechanical engineering. Their mixing and kneading systems are used worldwide for plastics processing. The secret of its success lies in its export business, which is set to receive another boost in Poland, thanks in part to the help of Switzerland Global Enterprise.


Dixi discovers new know-how in the medical sector

The origins of Dixi Cylindre SA, based in Le Locle (NE), go back to 1924. Established to manufacture parts for the watchmaking industry, Cylindre SA’s turning workshop was acquired by the Dixi group in 1959. Over time, the company expanded and obtained several certifications. In 2018 it was able to establish a long-term partnership with a French medical technology company thanks to EEN.


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economiesuisse is the link between business and politics and engages in the political process in order to create an optimal business environment. Our members include 100 industry associations, 20 cantonal Chambers of Commerce as well as a number of individual companies. In total, we represent 100,000 companies from all industries with two million jobs in Switzerland. From SMEs to large firms with a focus on exports or geared to the domestic market: all of them are united within economiesuisse.


Swissmem is the leading association for SMEs and large companies in Switzerland's mechanical, electrical engineering and metal industries (MEM industries) and related technology-oriented sectors. Swissmem promotes the national and international competitiveness of its more than 1,200 member companies through effective lobbying, needs-based services, targeted networking and training and further education of employees in the MEM industries in line with labor market requirements. 


The Swiss Export Risk Insurance SERV insures the export business of Swiss companies against payment default due to political or economic risks and can help in the event of liquidity bottlenecks. As part of the ECA Pathfinding project, SERV is making an important contribution by actively brokering large-scale projects in buyer markets, especially in the infrastructure sector, for the benefit of Swiss exporters.

Swiss Aerospace Cluster

The Swiss Aerospace Cluster is the largest aerospace network in Switzerland with a focus on the supply chain of the aerospace industry. With over 160 members from industry, research & science, both innovation exchange and networking activities, as well as national and international events are promoted and jointly organised. Four thematic expert groups focus on production/maintenance, helicopters, drones and space technologies. Together with Innosuisse, the cluster organises the annual Aerospace Innovation Days, the networking and event platform for the Swiss aerospace community.


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